Most Crypto Scams are Happening on This Blockchain – Here’s What You Need to Know
The research firm announced its real-time, on-chain Threat Intelligence tool on Thursday, saying that it was designed to help anti-money laundering (AML) teams address smart contract scams, which the firm described as “one of [decentralized finance] DeFi and Web3’s biggest challenges”.
Solidus Labs’ AML covers 12 chains, including Ethereum, BNB, and Polygon (MATIC). The company claims that its new risk monitoring technology enables real-time analysis of smart contract scams, as well as an off-chain view of the current state of crypto scams.
What it found is that:
- 12% of all BEP-20 tokens on BNB Chain exhibit fraudulent characteristics;
- 8% of all ERC-20 tokens on Ethereum exhibit fraudulent characteristics;
- 15 newly deployed scams on average are detected by Solidus Threat Intelligence every hour;
- 188,525 smart contracts scams have been detected on 12 covered blockchains as of October 10.
Per its press release,
“Data released by Solidus reveals that a new token pre-programmed to scam users is created every 4 minutes on average, and the illicit funds from these scams often flow through and are potentially laundered via centralized crypto exchanges.”
It found that the lower-bound estimate in today’s value of scam-related ETH that flowed through centralized and/or regulated exchanges is $910 million.
Scam token smart contracts, it explains, are cryptocurrencies that have been hard-coded to steal investors’ funds. These can be automatically deployed, but also easily repeated, “allowing serial scammers to rapidly execute thousands of small value attacks without raising red flags among regulated exchanges, regulators, and law enforcement,” said the company.
Smart contract scams are a part of “a growing list of crypto-native market abuse typologies.” Others include rug pulls, phishing attacks, and token impersonations.
Solidus’ Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Kathy Kraninger was quoted as saying that,
“While some of the big rug pulls and scams make the news, like the famous Squid Games Token that’s estimated to have cost users around $3 million in lost funds, the full picture stemming from our data shows the vast majority of these scams go unnoticed”
Solidus said in its report published on Thursday that its data indicates that more than 188,000 rug pulls have been deployed on Ethereum, BNB Chain, and other blockchains, which it said is “far more than previous estimates.”
Meanwhile, as reported, blockchain security company CertiK, found that rug pulls, a type of theft that occurs when owners of a crypto project flee with the funds collected from their investors, dominated Web3 world-based scams and exploits in August this year, but that the overall number was still lower than in July.
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